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The City of Phoenix, through the Tree and Shade Master Plan, has a goal of increasing the tree and shade canopy by 25% by 2030. Using remote sensing software, eCognition, the Phoenix Water Department can forecast water demand by identifying water-intensive landscaping. The resulting GIS shapefile will illuminate the existing tree inventory. This will be compared to the ASU WalkShed model (which identifies high-pedestrian corridors) to prioritize tree-planting projects within the city. A visualization tool will be developed for use on Phoenix’s Open Data platform, ASU’s Heat and Air Quality Repository, and the Arizona Environmental Public Health Tracking network’s data portal.


City of Phoenix



Healthy Urban Environments


April 2020 — Ongoing